Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lent Lent Resources All About Lent (questions with answers about Lent) Lenten resources including readings, puzzles, clip art and text, etc. Lent The Season of Lent
Information about the Season of Lent, including what it means, when it starts and ends, how it originated, and how it sets the theme for Christian worship. Lent and Easter resources The Season of Lent Online Resources for Lent
General resources, worship planning, art and music, devotionals, articles, etc. Ash Wednesday and Lent lesson with craft 40 Ideas for 40 Days 40 Simple Lenten Activities for Kids Simple Lenten Traditions For Families {With Little To No Prep Work} ACTIVITY: Countdown to Easter Activities
To celebrate Lent this year, try something new - at the start of Lent, you create a chain out of forty strips of paper - each of the strips has a simple activity for the day that you are encouraged to do together as a family. As the strips are torn off, and the activity completed, the chain gets shorter and shorter as it counts down to Easter Sunday. Lenten Prayer Chain
Remove one link each day and pray for the people who are mentioned on that link. The neat thing is it doubles as a countdown to Easter! Lenten Activities 10 Lent and Holy Week Activities for Catholic Families Printable Lenten Resources (if the link doesn’t work, click on Kids, then click on Lenten Activities for Children) Lent Activities Lent Project and Lesson Plan Ideas

Lent Lapbooks- Make a Lent lapbook to celebrate the Lent season. Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids
This is my Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids. It’s free for everyone to print! This year, I’m offering it in black and white, in color, and also as a blank page so you can fill in any language! I have also updated the file to include Lenten calendars that readers have submitted in different languages.

Lenten Calendar by A lenten calendar to count down the 40 days of Lent based on a 40 days in the desert theme with an oasis on each Sunday (scroll down to this). Lenten Calendar: The Salt of the Earth (click on picture to download) Printable Calendars for Lent 40 Days of Lent Color by Number
I’m calling this a color-by-number, but it’s not really that. LOL Once space is colored in for each day of Lent. Certain spaces are specific colors. When completed at the end of Lent, it’ll be a picture that represents Lent/Easter. There is a key so that you know what color each space should be colored.

Ash Wednesday & Lent Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. (Explain each card to the children. Example: Ash Wednesday- What is happening in this picture? The priest is putting blessed ashes in the shape of a cross on the boy’s forehead. This happens on Ash Wednesday. Pray- What is happening in this picture? We pray more during Lent. Fast- What is this a picture of? Would you normally have more than a hotdog for lunch or dinner? What would you have? To fast means to eat less or to go without certain foods. Give- What is happening in this picture? The boy wants to give his teacher an apple. During Lent we should try and do more good things for others.)

Lent Handwriting Sheet- Handwriting and coloring sheet.

Ash Wednesday & Lent- (Pre K – K) lesson plan with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

Ash Wednesday & Lent- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.

Stations of the Cross- activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.

Bulletin Boards or Door Decorations: Lent Bulletin Board Ideas Lent Bulletin Board Ideas
Great ideas here. Could be used for many grade levels.


Introduce craft: We as Catholics focus on what 3 things during Lent? Praying, Fasting, and Giving Alms. Pray, Fast, Give Alms– a Lenten Craft for Kids

Use a paper plate, plastic silverware, and real pennies for that extra special touch. Lent Notes Foldable Family Lent Promise Card Lenten Prayer Stained Glass

Introduce craft: What happens to a caterpillar? He changes into a butterfly. What are we supposed to do during Lent? We are to change. We are going to make something to show us how the caterpillar changed into a butterfly to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus.

Introduce craft: What happens to a caterpillar? He changes into a butterfly. What are we supposed to do during Lent? We are to change. We are going to make something to show us how the caterpillar changed into a butterfly to remind us that we are to change during Lent and become more like Jesus.

Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft Egg Carton Caterpillar
This is an easy way to make caterpillars using egg cartons, crayons or markers, scissors, and pipe cleaners. You could also have the students decorate the caterpillar by gluing small objects like beads, craft foam, cut out paper shapes, etc. Googly eyes are a nice touch also. I use this craft to emphasize that they are to change during Lent. I then at Easter use a butterfly craft to show how the caterpillar changed and became a butterfly.

Introduce craft/activity: What are alms? Long ago money given to the poor was called alms. We are going to make an Alms Jar to take home to remind us the importance of almsgiving and giving to the poor.

Alms Jar

Need: Jar with lid, sticker with “Alms Jar” printed on it, various things to glue on jar, glue

Directions: Have students decorate alms jar. Have them put sticker “Alms Jar” on the jar when they are finish decorating the jar.

The whole family can enter into the spirit of saving for alms. A glass jar is placed at the center of the table on Ash Wednesday, and all the money each family member saves as a result of self-denial from smoking, eating candy, going to movies or similar activities is put into it. Whatever you are sacrificing during Lent, that money you would of spent goes into the jar. The mother, buying simpler and cheaper foods for Lenten meals, puts the difference into the jar at meal time — so all can see where the cost of the dessert went! The children spend the first weeks of Lent investigating needy causes and charitable organizations and missions. They will have the responsibility of determining who gets the alms-fund. (Print this out and glue on an index card. Attach it or put inside the Alms Jar for the students to bring home for family to read). Lenten Sacrifice Beans
A wonderful way to help younger children remind them to do penance during Lent, lima beans in a jar record each Lenten sacrifice.

Prayer Jar by Instead of just writing down a petition for our Lenten prayer jar, paperdali decided to draw the little petitions. Each strip has a picture and the beginning of a prayer for a child (or adult, actually) to finish. To enjoy, just download the page, cut along the dotted line, put them in a jar, and then put it in an accessible spot. During Lent, a child (or adult) can take out a strip during breakfast and begin the day with a prayer. Lent Paper Pretzel

Games: Bible Tic Tac Toe
Scroll down near the bottom for directions. Use Lent questions from above to play this game.

Bible Bowl- Students will test their Bible knowledge as they bowl their way to win. Use Lent trivia questions to play this game. (The Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 121 - 127).

Hangman- (Players try to solve the Lent mystery word). The teacher picks a Lent word that is written on a piece of paper out of a bowl. The teacher then starts the hangman game by writing a blank line for each letter in the word. Teacher then picks someone to guess a letter. (Write on the chalkboard the letters that were guessed that were not in the mystery word). If a letter is guess correctly, it is written in the appropriate blank(s) and that person who guessed correctly gets another turn. They can guess another letter or guess the mystery word. If the person is incorrect, another player gets a turn. Whoever guessed the mystery word gets to pick a Lent word out of the bowl and start the hangman game.

The following activities are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these games are not my own and are from various internet sources.

Journey Through Lent Game- A fun way to review Lent.

Cube Signs- Print, cut out, and glue on die to play Journey Through Lent Game

Lentopoly- is a game that is meant to incorporate the 3 aspects of Lent: prayer, fasting & almsgiving. By doing the charitable acts each day the child “earns” tokens (nails, pennies, beans, etc.). You can have a container full of tokens and each child has their own jar to put their ‘earned’ tokens into each day. On Easter the tokens are replaced with jelly beans or other candy/item of your choice. Parents can play too! If you decide to use money, you should decide what organization will get your money on Easter – your parish, pro-life group, rice bowl, etc.

Stations of the Cross Bingo- Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about the Stations of the Cross. The teacher asks one student at a time a question about the Stations of the Cross. The student answers the question and the class looks for the word on their bingo card. The first student who gets three in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal) on their bingo card first, wins.

Stations of the Cross File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to go through all 14 Stations of the Cross by answering questions about each station.

Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets: printables and interactive worksheets associated with Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday Worksheet for Lent The Season of Lent (word scramble) Draw a picture of something you can do during Lent. Then, use a purple crayon to trace the words below. (Grade K) What Jesus Asks Us to Do in Lent
To discover what Jesus wants us to do, solve this puzzle. Look at the pictures in the cross. Print the first letter of each picture in the right blank below. (Grades K – 1) Lent Teaches Us To Help
Lent begins on March 5. Lent reminds us that we need to help others. Draw a line from each thing in the first column to the person or animal who needs it. (Grades K – 1) Our Path During Lent
Each day you say a prayer, draw a † in a stone. Color a stone each day you help someone. Each day you accept help from someone, draw a smiley face. (Grade 1) Draw a picture of something you can do during Lent. Then, use a purple crayon to trace the words below. (Grade 1) Lent word search (Grade 2) Here are ways to serve others. Choose three things you will do during Lent. (Grade 2) Let’s Learn About Lent
Lent begins on February 18 this year. How much do you know about Lent? Solve the True/False puzzle to test your knowledge. (Grades 2 – 3) What Is Lent All About?
Lent is all about getting ready for Easter. What three actions can help us to get ready for Easter? To discover them, solve these three rebuses. Then decide which Lenten action each of these children is practicing. Write the word for the action on the line following the description. (Grades 2 – 3) What Lent Means To Us
Lent begins on March 5 this year. Lent is a time for us to get ready for Easter. We try to pray more than usual. We try to share with others more than usual. Some of us even try to give up something we enjoy, such as candy or another kind of treat. We call these three actions praying, sharing, and fasting. On the line after each situation below, tell whether each child is praying, sharing, or fasting. (Grades 2 – 3) A booklet you make to share with others what you know about Lent. (Grade 3) Follow the maze below to complete the prayer that praises Jesus. (Grade 3) Stations of the Cross
Make a picture strip. Cut on the solid lines. Paste the two pieces together. Read your Stations of the Cross. (Grade 3) Lenten Quiz
Lent begins on March 5 this year. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about this holy season of the Church year. Fill in each correct answer. Then use the numbered letters from your answers to help you to answer the question below. (Grades 3 – 4) Prayer of Sorrow
Unscramble the words to complete the prayer. The words are in order. (Grade 4) Living Out Lent Cube (Grade 4)
Make a list of things that you can do to make the season of Lent a time of simple living focused on God and the needs of others. Using your list, write one thing in each box of the “Living OutLent Cube” pattern. Next, follow the directions to assemble the cube. Use tape or glue to fasten the sides of the cube together. During the season of Lent, roll the cube to determine the activity you will “live out.” Get Your Lenten Facts Together
In Column A, you’ll find the beginning of each fact. In Column B, find the words that complete the facts. Write the letter for each ending in the blank next to its beginning. (Grades 4 - 6) Grade Yourself This Lent
In addition to practicing some form of penance this Lent, like giving up candy or potato chips, think of something positive you will do. If you and your brother or sister fight a lot, resolve to do your part to get along better. If you are sometimes moody, try to have a smile and a positive comment for everyone. Put your resolution in the Ash Wednesday milestone below. (Use a symbol or code if you want it to be a secret.) Then, on the six Sundays of Lent and Holy Saturday, look back at the past week and grade yourself: A, B, C, D, or F. Try to improve your grades as you move through Lent, so on Easter Sunday you will feel like a better person. Then you can really enjoy your treats. (Grades 4 - 6) Analogies For Lent
Complete the following analogies to answer the question at the bottom of the page. Go to the Liturgical Calendar – Lent at Use the information there to fill in the blanks. (Grade 5) Students learn that Lent is a season of preparation for the great celebration of Easter. Choose a country and research how Passion (Palm) Sunday is celebrated there. Then, design a web page to share your information with others. Include an image, with a caption, of the celebration in the form of a photo or illustration. In advance, you may want to write the names of different countries for students to research on slips of paper. Then, have each student draw the name of the country to research. Provide students with time and reference materials such as periodicals, Catholic magazines, the Internet, and so on to research the celebration of Palm Sunday in different countries. Encourage students to be creative when designing their web pages. If possible, display the completed Palm Sunday web page ideas in the form of a bulletin board. (Grade 5) Lent and the Liturgical Calendar
To find out about them, go to the Liturgical Calendar – Lent at A church calendar or Bible will also help. (Grade 6) Following the stations of the cross is a devotion that often takes place during the season of Lent. Complete the activity below by writing the name, in order, of each station. Then choose a station to illustrate below. Include a caption for the illustration. (Grade 6) Answers What Is Lent All About?
To find out, circle true or false after each statement. Then write the appropriate letter in the numbered boxes below. (Grades 7 – 8) A Quiz for Champions at the Beginning of Lent
Can you solve this puzzle? Put the answers to these questions into the puzzle spaces where they fit best. We have supplied seven letters to help you solve the puzzle. When you finish, the first letters of the answers will spell the name of an important day. (Grades 7 – 8) Analogies for Lent
Have you encountered analogies on tests yet? They help you figure out how one thing is like another. For example, an analogy can be mathematical, stated 8 is to 4 as 6 is to 3, or written 8/4 = 6/3. The analogy, of course, is that the first number is twice the second number. An analogy may also be verbal. Can you figure out the word that fits in the blank in the following analogy? Cat is to feline as dog is to ______________. Now, see if you can supply the missing word in each of the following analogies. (Grades 7 – 8) Lent (crossword) Lenten (crossword)

These puzzles/activity sheets are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Ash Wednesday- word search

Ash Wednesday- crossword

Ash Wednesday Worksheet- Have the students fill in the blanks on their paper with the correct answer from the word bank.

How Much Do You Know About Lent?- 20 true or false with Answers

Lent Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)

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